Letters to the editor, March 18

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Pleasant surprise

“Oh, oh,” I thought, when I saw the headlines [DRC, March 11] about area bobcat sightings. “Let the calls for killing begin.”

I was pleasantly surprised that was not the case. Instead, studies are being conducted through Texas Parks and Wildlife about these native animals in urban settings. An eventual aim is to help localities consider greenbelts to protect bobcats as well as other native wildlife.

This is welcome news to anyone concerned about the cementing over of the land.

While it is true your precious rabbit-size Kittyfluff or rat-size Babyfluff could tempt a wild predator, death can come in various styles outside. Think four-legged (including dogs), two-legged (including knappers), wheels (cars) and sky (wings). Take your pick.

I always am sad to read in the lost-and-found section of a lost cat because, with the excellent litter and food available today, it should not happen. (I do understand a cat can escape out the door quickly, perhaps unnoticed.)

If your cat is inside/outside, please reconsider. It may take some weeks of “disagreement,” but Kittyfluff knows who puts down the food bowl for her and will let you be her meal ticket, and not make her someone else’s meal ticket.

As for vanishing small pooches, be vigilant. There are thieves out there. Those are the ones to be afraid of, not the native fauna.

Arley Hulstrand,

Denton


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